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Schools to reopen in Lagos on Aug 3

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Lagos secondary school students during an exam.

Only those in SS3 and TEC 3 are allowed to resume.

August 3 has been announced by Lagos State Government as resumption date for students in their final years. The state seeks to implement its phased re-opening of schools programme with a focus on students in transitional classes, who have mandatory public exams ahead of them, to resume for their revision classes before taking their national exams.

The phased programme, announced yesterday by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is in line with the updated guidelines issued last Monday by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the easing of lockdown.

Under the guidelines issued by Sanwo-Olu on Friday, the affected students are to come from home.

Boarding remains banned in schools.

The Governor said only students in Senior Secondary School Three (SSS 3) and their counterparts in Technical Study Three (TEC 3) would be allowed to resume on August 3.

The dates for the revision classes and examination for pupils in Junior Secondary School Three (JSS 3) will be announced in due course, according to him.

The Governor said Primary Six pupils would be graded based on their already recorded Continuous Assessment (CA) to move to secondary school.

Sanwo-Olu said: “Students in transitional classes, who have mandatory public exams ahead of them, are now permitted to resume for revision classes and examination.

“All education establishments are to follow established public health guidelines and protocol for re-opening the schools for these categories of students.

“The commencement date for this opening will be on August 3, 2020, for SSS 3 and TEC 3 students only.

“Dates for JSS 3 schools’ re-opening for revision classes and examinations will be announced in due course.

“The permission to opening will apply only to day-schooling; boarding activities are not permitted at this time.

“School Authorities are expected to spend the period between now and the day of re-opening to put in place infrastructure, protocols and essential items required to comply with all hygiene, safety and physical distancing requirements.

“Our tertiary institutions are to continue their online academic activities which are at various advanced stages.

“For Primary Six, we are using Continuous Assessment to determine how they graduate into JSS 1. We are doing this to slow down risk factors and manage the situation in measure.”

The Governor also directed that hairdressing salons that had been accredited by the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC) could open in strict on appointment-only only and with a maximum occupancy of 50 per cent of the total floor space at any given time.

Sports facilities and recreational parks in residential estates, Sanwo-Olu said, would be permitted to operate with a maximum of 20 persons at any given time.

However, places of worship, events centres, and social clubs will remain closed until further notice.

The governor directed civil servants from Grade Level 1 to 12 to continue working from home and improve themselves through dedicated online Learning Management Systems (LMS) portals.

Sanwo-Olu said personal responsibility is now more important than ever, stressing that the government would now be strict in enforcing use of face mask in public places.

He said the enforcement agencies would start to arrest people found in public places without face masks. Defaulters, he said, will be prosecuted.

He said: “At this phase in the evolution of the pandemic in our society, taking personal responsibility is now more important than ever, not only for self-protection, but also for protecting other people, including your loved ones.

”Mask usage is mandatory in public places. We are asking offices and business and commercial premises to refuse entry to any persons not wearing masks, in line with the Presidential Task Force directive on ‘No mask, No service’.

“Enforcement agencies will from this week charge defaulters to court, as the period of grace is now over.

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